HS/Beattie Student Among World of Wheels Competition Winners
A Fox Chapel Area High School and A.W. Beattie Career Center senior Logan McKaveney is among a group of students who designed a car that won first place in the World of Wheels Peddle Car Challenge. The contest was held January 8, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and 20 students in A.W. Beattie’s Automotive Collision Technology program collaborated on the project, beating out 14 regional schools. This is the second consecutive year that Beattie students won the competition.
Students worked on the peddle car for nearly three weeks and got inventive by turning it into a United States Air Force Thunderbird replica.
“I’m absolutely excited for them,” Automotive Collision Technology instructor Joe Pelesky said. “It’s a lot of fun, and these kids loved it. I think at first it was challenging, but it really came together quick.”
Innovation was key in making the Thunderbird a functional peddle car with all the bells and whistles that you would see on the aircraft.
“We used a bicycle and everything under the sun for it,” Automotive Collision Technology instructor Pat Ciccone said. “We have a paint gun for the shifter, parts from a Culinary Arts oven. They just developed it from there. We used a lawnmower transmission for the propeller to spin. We used car parts and various things throughout the shop and got really creative.”
Logan was involved in the painting and air brushing of the peddle car. He said detailing the peddle car presented a challenge with so many people working on it at different times.
“The hard part with everyone working on it is just getting it all to be consistent,” Logan said. “That was huge for the peddle car whether it was the painting, the airbrushing, the metal work and more. We had to work together and build off of each other to make our work look as close as possible.”
Students from all nine school districts (Avonworth, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel Area, Hampton, North Allegheny, Northgate, North Hills, Pine-Richland, and Shaler Area) who send students to Beattie worked on the car.